Use this list to make your own giving list for the holidays
The calendar says “December.” Snow is on the way. Thanksgiving is in the books…time to think about the upcoming holiday season - trees to trim, gifts to purchase and wrap, meals to plan, holiday guests coming to visit, or perhaps you have a trip planned.
It’s also a time to remember those who are less fortunate. Don’t forget to think about and then do an “Act of Kindness” to help out and make the holidays a little brighter for someone.
Here are some ideas to consider when it comes to helping out or giving right here in Story County.
1. Story County Animal Shelter. The Story County Animal Shelter, located in Nevada, is always in need of many things for their “furry” residents. A wish list consists of cat and dog foods, towels, bleach, dog and cat treats, alcohol, peroxide, rabbit pellets and much more. The shelter is open on Mondays, from noon to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of dogs, cats and kittens are available for adoption as well.
2. Nevada Angel Tree (pictured at right). Individuals can adopt an angel at the Nevada Resource Center or the Nevada Chamber of Commerce. Money donations or gift cards can also be donated.
3. Free Holiday Movie in Nevada. Need a break or need to keep the kids busy while you shop? Check this out. Larry Sloan at the Nevada Talent Factory is hosting a free movie on Dec. 17. “The Polar Express” event will take place at the theater downtown Nevada with a movie and much more. Classic cartoons will begin at 6 p.m., with the movie to start at 7 p.m. Sloan said that the free movie is being done for the community to say “thank you.” He said that some families can’t afford an evening out to the movies, and he feels that everyone should be able to enjoy themselves without spending a fortune.
4. Cambridge United Methodist Church dinner. A free barbecue dinner will be held at the Cambridge United Methodist Church on Dec. 6 for the community.
Some other general and more recognizable ideas include making a donation to your favorite charity. If you have someone you would like to remember in a memorial contribution, be sure to include this when making a charitable contribution.
U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has drop boxes in many of the stores that you will probably be shopping in this holiday season. Simply purchase an additional toy and leave it in the giving box located in stores.
Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines can always use coloring books and colors, along with other craft supplies, for the children who are in the hospital. Donations can be dropped off at the hospital in Des Moines.
Check with your local libraries to see what they have on their “Wish Lists.” Libraries consist of more than just books, but also many activities for children, so that they can always use additional supplies.
Surprise the teachers in your school districts with some home-baked treats and hot fresh coffee, teas and hot chocolate drinks. You have no idea how much this would mean to these hard-working educators, who spend a good deal of time and effort on our young people.
Take food or baked goods to shut-ins. There are many people out there who do not have family nearby, and a nice meal or a new good book would be welcomed.
I am sure that there are many more opportunities to help out during the holidays and all year long. When you consider adopting a family, consider doing something nice for someone all year long.
Have a great December and thanks for helping.